This thread has gone hella far and so have many of your locks. I love the way all of your dreads are turning out! I'm so stoked becky and rjuriz that you took the leap and joined us on our dreadie journies. I have been too lazy to crochet or even palm roll the past month so my dreads are looking nappier than they did over the summer but right now I don't really care. Koru, I am glad you are sticking to keeping locked at least a year. Scruffy I love your phat locks and hope mine get chunkier before I chop them off agin.
I have removed dreads in several different fashions. I have cut off just the tips and spent hours using dog dematter spray and 'slicker' brushes to unlock almost all of my hair, this resulted in long hair full of split ends that I ended up cutting short anyways. I have cut off the locks in their entirerty leaving about an inch of roots. I have cut them halfway off and combed from there. I think the most presentable choice was stopping locking the roots for about a month so there was about two or three inches of non knotted hair accomplished by using conditioner on my roots, then I cut a few inches down from that and begain a couple week long process of conditioning and gently removing the knots. This left much less split ends than the other times but it was very time consuming and tedious..